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- October 2007 -
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 261 October 2007
As the federal election approaches we enter a period of much opportunity to put our 'offshore' case to those standing for election. One of the joys of living in a democracy is that each of our votes means something. When we approach a contender for the seat of Mackellar, we do so confident that we can, as individuals, make a difference. Don't just whinge about what you see as an inequity. DO something. Write a letter, make a phone call, pay a visit. Make this election really count.
When Governor Arthur Phillip first satisfied his curiosity by sailing into Pittwater on March 3, 1788, he was eager to see more. The broad mouth of the Hawkesbury River beckoned and he emphasized his desire to further explore Broken Bay, the vast sheet of water, in his despatch to Lord Sydney, England’s Secretary of the Home Department, responsible for colonial affairs.
On June 6 the following year Phillip led a second expedition to Broken Bay to explore even further into the river mouth and spent four days examining the features of the area., camping on what he named Mullet Island (now changed to Dangar Island). The urge to return yet again was strong and , after returning to Sydney for more provisions, Phillip’s two boats travelled for a third time up the river which Phillip named the Hawkesbury after the Earl of Liverpool , Baron Hawkesbury, who, at that time, had assumed charge of the colonies. On July 2 the party reached the junction of the Hawkesbury and MacDonald Rivers, next arriving at the Hawkesbury’s link with the Colo River and then with South Creek three days later. It was at the latter point that, five years later, the first white settlement on the Hawkesbury was established by Lieutenant-Governor Francis Grose.
The following day , Phillip and his party reached the site of the town of Windsor, proceeding only a little further upstream until, near the junction of what was to be known as the Grose River, further progress was blocked . The Governor then turned back, concluding that the boats were near the river’s source. Little did he know that this was more than 80 miles (148km) to the south and that two expeditions were exploring the river from two different approaches, giving it two different names!
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Asparagus Fern is probably Pittwater's worst weed.
Pittwater Natural Heritage Association has received several grants from the Federal Government fund to help control it, the latest for $45 000. Most of this is spent on bush regeneration contract work in bushland reserves and managed by Pittwater Council.
The community volunteer event is Asparagus Fern Out day on October 20, to encourage residents to remove it from private land.
To help you do this, free weed bags will be available from Scotland Island Lodge.
To dig out Asparagus Fern, just remove the woody crown at the base of the fronds. The white water tubers on the roots will not sprout if left in the ground.
Please leave full bags of Asparagus Fern on the public wharf nearest to you. NPWS will arrange collection in the week following.
For more information contact Karin Nippard Pittwater Council's Bushcare Officer on 9970 1111 or Mel Hall, NPWS, 9472 8953, or 0419 753 805
Strawberries are fantastically cheap at the moment, so here is a great recipe that is easy and will give your offshore family a real treat!
Ingredients (serves 4)
Source: Super Food Ideas - November 2004
Australian citizens who are 17 years old can apply for enrolment by completing an electoral enrolment form. The applicant’s name will then be placed on the electoral roll so they will be able to vote in Commonwealth, State and Territory elections as soon as they turn 18.
Electorate: Mackellar Telephone: 132326 Fax: 02 9997 2586 Email: Mackellar@aec.gov.au Address: Level 4 Peninsula Business Centre 20 Bungan St MONA VALE NSW 2103 Postal Address: PO Box 399 MONA VALE NSW 2103
Archived Newsletters A complete set of past electronic newsletters since publication of this newsletter began in May 2000, can be found and read at https://www.ymlp.com/pubarchive.php?sira or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library. The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au
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The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the views of the Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA), or any of the associated Pittwater Offshore Resident's Committees
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